Don’t Stand Up for Jesus

I realized how much the culture wars affect our faith as Christians when I watched the traffic for my post about Chick-fil-A this week. The conversations on all sides of the argument have been interesting to watch. One of them in particular stood out to me. I listened to a powerful message from Jonathan Martin that he preached last weekend. Jonathon is a pastor of Renovatus Church in the Church of God denomination.

Here are a few of the quotes that stood out to me:

“Instead of standing up for Jesus, we should stand up with Jesus… and Jesus stands up for the guilty.”

“That’s the kind of statements we want to make. The easy ones.”

“It’s not our job to throw rocks at anybody after the kind of grace we’ve received.”

“I don’t want to be the guy accusing the people that Jesus is defending.”

Click here and select the “Don’t Stand Up For Jesus” link to listen to it. It is about an hour long, but it will challenge you theologically and culturally.

Here’s the description for the message:

From Chick-fil-A sandwiches to the Church of God General Assembly, this message has it all. In our “culture wars”, we often feel the need to defend Jesus, to stand up for Jesus. But does Jesus need us to defend Him? What if we are supposed to stand with Jesus rather than stand up for Him? This provocative message takes you from the woman caught in adultery that Jesus stood up for in John 8, to Peter cutting off an ear attempting to stand up for Jesus on the eve of His death. We want to take a stand for God…but what if God is taking a stand for sinners?

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Jeremy Jernigan

This is the personal blog of Jeremy Jernigan. Husband to Michelle and father to Gavin, Madsen, Adelyn, Aiden, and Abel. Author of Redeeming Pleasure and Lead Pastor at Abundant Life Church in Portland.

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